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Old 03-23-2005, 23:02   #1 (permalink)
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radiator coolant 1997 xlt

I checked the radiator coolant today and there was none in there so I
figured that was not good. I went to Pep Boys and got some engine
coolant (liquid is green in color) and added it to the resevoir. Is
there a ratio of water to coolant that I need?
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Old 03-24-2005, 01:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: radiator coolant 1997 xlt

fogdog wrote:

> I checked the radiator coolant today and there was none in there so I
> figured that was not good. I went to Pep Boys and got some engine
> coolant (liquid is green in color) and added it to the resevoir. Is
> there a ratio of water to coolant that I need?



50/50 is what is recommended.
For top-off's you can now buy it pre mixed
Jack
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Old 03-24-2005, 02:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: radiator coolant 1997 xlt

jrchilds <jrchilds@cavtel.net> wrotenews:af6ah2-m9a.ln1@jack.home:

> fogdog wrote:
>
>> I checked the radiator coolant today and there was none in there so I
>> figured that was not good. I went to Pep Boys and got some engine
>> coolant (liquid is green in color) and added it to the resevoir. Is
>> there a ratio of water to coolant that I need?

>
>
> 50/50 is what is recommended.
> For top-off's you can now buy it pre mixed
> Jack
>



That's an incredible ripoff for people too lazy to add water.

They're giving you a watered down diluted mixture for about the same price!

This guy needs to pop the radiator cap when it's cold, turn on the engine
and see if there is any movement of water in his radiator, then slowly add
water to it until it's full and overflowing, then put the cap back on and
then check it again in a day or two and keep an eye on the temp gauge.

The resoviour shouldn't have been out of completely of water.

I wouldn't be dumping expensive coolent into it if it's major leaking
somewhere.

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Old 03-24-2005, 08:01   #4 (permalink)
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"Lt Fuzz" <fuzz@anonmail.com> wrote in message
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> jrchilds <jrchilds@cavtel.net> wrotenews:af6ah2-m9a.ln1@jack.home:
>
>> fogdog wrote:
>>
>>> I checked the radiator coolant today and there was none in there so I
>>> figured that was not good. I went to Pep Boys and got some engine
>>> coolant (liquid is green in color) and added it to the resevoir. Is
>>> there a ratio of water to coolant that I need?

>>
>>
>> 50/50 is what is recommended.
>> For top-off's you can now buy it pre mixed
>> Jack
>>

>
>
> That's an incredible ripoff for people too lazy to add water.
>
> They're giving you a watered down diluted mixture for about the same
> price!
>
> This guy needs to pop the radiator cap when it's cold, turn on the engine
> and see if there is any movement of water in his radiator, then slowly add
> water to it until it's full and overflowing, then put the cap back on and
> then check it again in a day or two and keep an eye on the temp gauge.
>
> The resoviour shouldn't have been out of completely of water.
>
> I wouldn't be dumping expensive coolent into it if it's major leaking
> somewhere.
>


It is a bad habit to just add water. If you keep on doing that you are
diluting the mix from 50/50.
Better to keep adding a mix even if you mix it yourself. If you get the
fluid too dilute, the boiling point gets too low some day you will get a
nasty surprise as it boils over or even worse if you are in a cold climate
the cooling system turns to ice.

Charlie


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Old 03-24-2005, 10:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: radiator coolant 1997 xlt

Lt Fuzz wrote:
> jrchilds <jrchilds@cavtel.net> wrotenews:af6ah2-m9a.ln1@jack.home:
>
>
>>fogdog wrote:
>>
>>
>>>I checked the radiator coolant today and there was none in there so I
>>>figured that was not good. I went to Pep Boys and got some engine
>>>coolant (liquid is green in color) and added it to the resevoir. Is
>>>there a ratio of water to coolant that I need?

>>
>>
>>50/50 is what is recommended.
>>For top-off's you can now buy it pre mixed
>>Jack
>>

>
>
>
> That's an incredible ripoff for people too lazy to add water.
>
> They're giving you a watered down diluted mixture for about the same price!
>
> This guy needs to pop the radiator cap when it's cold, turn on the engine
> and see if there is any movement of water in his radiator, then slowly add
> water to it until it's full and overflowing, then put the cap back on and
> then check it again in a day or two and keep an eye on the temp gauge.
>
> The resoviour shouldn't have been out of completely of water.
>
> I wouldn't be dumping expensive coolent into it if it's major leaking
> somewhere.
>

When I looked inside the resevoir that was labeled "Radiator Coolant"
the resevoir was completely empty save for a few droplets at the bottom
of it. So I have already filled the resevoir up part of the way with
straight coolant, so should I add some water to even this mix out or what?
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Old 03-26-2005, 20:01   #6 (permalink)
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fogdog <gtg270h@mail.gatech.edu>
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> Lt Fuzz wrote:
>> jrchilds <jrchilds@cavtel.net> wrotenews:af6ah2-m9a.ln1@jack.home:
>>
>>
>>>fogdog wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>>I checked the radiator coolant today and there was none in there so I
>>>>figured that was not good. I went to Pep Boys and got some engine
>>>>coolant (liquid is green in color) and added it to the resevoir. Is
>>>>there a ratio of water to coolant that I need?
>>>
>>>
>>>50/50 is what is recommended.
>>>For top-off's you can now buy it pre mixed
>>>Jack
>>>

>>
>>
>>
>> That's an incredible ripoff for people too lazy to add water.
>>
>> They're giving you a watered down diluted mixture for about the same
>> price!
>>
>> This guy needs to pop the radiator cap when it's cold, turn on the
>> engine and see if there is any movement of water in his radiator, then
>> slowly add water to it until it's full and overflowing, then put the
>> cap back on and then check it again in a day or two and keep an eye on
>> the temp gauge.
>>
>> The resoviour shouldn't have been out of completely of water.
>>
>> I wouldn't be dumping expensive coolent into it if it's major leaking
>> somewhere.
>>

> When I looked inside the resevoir that was labeled "Radiator Coolant"
> the resevoir was completely empty save for a few droplets at the bottom
> of it. So I have already filled the resevoir up part of the way with
> straight coolant, so should I add some water to even this mix out or
> what?
>


It never hurts to run straight glycol, but it's expensive. If you pour
straight coolent in there, it'll just mix with the radiator water when the
engine cools down after the first run and the vacuum sucks it down into the
radiator.

If it's empty again, you are either seriously low on water or you have a
leak.

Like I said, take the cap off and see what's going on yourself.

If you find out it's just low, and you just added water, it's time to flush
it anyway and it's easy.
Just get under the radiator (when it's cold!) and turn the little petcock
there (like a big wingnut) counterclockwise and open it up. Then open the
radiator cap and let it all drain out.

I usually flush mine by sticking my garden hose in there at first and keep
filling it until it runs clear. Then I shut off the engine, tighten up
petcock and then put a gallon of anti in there, turn it on, then keep
filling the radiator until it overflows. Cap it and there you go.

When flushing, make sure it's not real hot or hot and empty when you do it.
Make sure the engine is cool or warm, NOT hot.

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